​Chelsea have taken the decision to recall Nathan Ake from his loan spell at Bournemouth this week because of growing concerns over the fitness of left back Marcos Alonso, according to the ​Evening Standard.

The £23m signing from Fiorentina has been troubled by a minor leg injury since he joined the Premier League leaders in August, and as he continues to play on the problem it's said to be getting worse. The report claims he has been suffering from "muscular discomfort in his upper leg", and the move has been made to give the Spaniard the chance to rest more.

Ake offers an option at both centre half and in the left wing back position, and his exposure to top flight football with Bournemouth this season has been beneficial to his development. 

Manager Antonio Conte confirmed recently what his reasons were for bringing the player back to Stamford Bridge, and though he understandably didn't mention the niggling injury concern for Alonso, he did hint that Ake could play in the role if need be.

He was quoted in the Mirror as saying: “I called back Ake because I think he’s showing he is ready to be in our squad.

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“Chelsea is his home. Last season he played a whole championship with Watford. This season he was playing with Bournemouth. He’s showing he deserves to stay in a great team like Chelsea.

"Ake gives me important options, because we are playing with three central defenders. He can play on the left, he can play in the middle. Also it’s important to see during training if he can play as a wing-back.

“Me, the club, we wanted to bring back Ake because he gives me a good opportunity, good solutions.”

Bournemouth have been targeting Chelsea legend John Terry as a potential replacement for Ake, with reports emerging on Tuesday that they were interested in taking him on loan.

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